Chief conservation officer for Bush Heritage Australia, Dr Nicola Markus, talks about her new book 'On Our Watch' at Embiggen Books. 'On Our Watch' provides, for the very first time, a comprehensive and at times shocking overview of Australia’s current environmental situation. The talk took place to a full house during The Reality Bites Festival in 2009. Reality Bites is a yearly nonfiction literary event in the Noosaville region. Nicola Markus was gracious enough to have lunch with 30 of the attendees where they continued the conversation for another 2 hours after the talk. The feedback from the audience was extremely positive. Nicola is one of that rare breed of scientist who can make the complex understandable and communicates with a real passion about her subject.
'On Our Watch' describes the loss of habitat, introduction of foreign plants and animals to Australia, urbanisation and the impact of environmental legislation. Dr Markus advises how we, as individuals, can make a difference to our country’s future simply by making smart choices and being more pro-active. There is a valuable 10-step guide on how the public can reduce its own global footprint, with suggestions including: contacting local councillors and Members of Parliament; buying local seasonal produce and reducing consumption of red meat and dairy products; supporting a non-government organisation and researching the environmental practices of companies your superannuation shares are invested in.
Both practical and inspirational, 'On Our Watch' is a very relevant and much-needed account of our times.
We’ll hopefully see her at Embiggen Books again, but until then watch the video of her talk.